Cities across nation threatening to remove horse drawn carriages

Cities across nation threatening to remove horse drawn carriages (Image 1)

Could horses and their carriages be in danger when walking around downtown Nashville?

Other cities said that was the case and have outlawed the carriages in their downtown areas. St. Louis is the most recent city to discuss the issue.

According to the Associated Press, residents are concerned that some of the horses could get overheated while working during the dog days of summer.

Leading the charge is New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, who wants to put the industry out to pasture with an outright ban. “Horses in the streets of the city today don’t make sense,” he recently said. “We’re going to fix it.”

The Salt Lake City legislation, signed into law March 5, mandates that horses can’t work in temperatures below 10 degrees Fahrenheit or when the heat index is above 104 degrees.

After looking into the issue, News 2 discovered that Nashville does have restrictions.

Carriages are only allowed to operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the weekends the horses can work all day. However, if the temperature exceeds 95 degrees, the horses must stay off the street.

Over the weekend carriages can start working at any time they want, but they are not allowed to work any one horse more than eight hours a day.

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